Made in the lands of the Teutonic Knights (present-day Poland)
Baltic amber with traces of paint
3 1/4 x 1 5/16 in. (8.2 x 3.3 cm)
The Cloisters Collection, 2011 (2011.503)
The European medieval amber trade was controlled by the Teutonic Knights, whose castles dominated the Baltic coast. Their lands abutted the lands of the Bohemian crown and fell within the boundaries of the Holy Roman Empire under Charles IV. Amber carvers working under the authority of the Teutonic Knights are recorded at Gdansk as early as 1350 and at Malbork Castle by 1399.